Plastics recycling company appoints new UK and Europe MD

Kevin Thompson

PLASTICS recycling specialist Vanden Recycling has appointed Kevin Thompson as its new MD for the UK and Europe.

David Wilson, who previously held the UK MD role, will now be leading Vanden’s navigation of the industry’s regulation and legislation protocols in a new role as director of compliance.

Vanden said the appointment of Kevin Thompson follows a ‘bumper year’ of recruitment and further expansion planned in 2023. The organisation added that his ‘analytical, focused approach and years of leadership experience’ in areas of industrial distribution, purchasing, brand management, sales and business development, will help position Vanden for further growth.

The appointment also brings the UK and European functions under one leadership umbrella for the first time, with the aim to ‘align and further strengthen’ Vanden’s efforts in both markets. It also complements the 20 new appointments Vanden made to its UK and European teams in 2022 across roles including sales, business development, logistics, finance and HR.

New director of compliance David Wilson said, “The next few years will be exciting, tough, dynamic and ripe with opportunity. The world is changing, as it always does. Vanden has the momentum and strength to adapt to these changes and to make the best of them, not only for the company but for the world around us too.

“We’ve seen some great new colleagues join the existing dedicated and expert team over the past year. We’ll keep attracting the best of the best globally under Kevin’s leadership.”

Kevin has a history of working within industrial distribution and joined Vanden last year as a senior advisor. He said, “I’m delighted to be leading Vanden’s UK and European efforts at a truly exciting time for the business. My key aims will be to enhance Vanden’s processing and trading capacity within these territories. If you are an individual or organisation that would like to play a part in this exciting period it would be great to hear from you.

“I’m lucky enough to have worked with Vanden for some time as an advisor so am familiar with the business and many members of the team. Both I and Vanden share a similar set of values so I am delighted to be joining the company in an official capacity and I’m really looking forward to getting stuck in.”